Despite the Japanese hot hatch's exorbitant price, the 2023 Honda Civic Type R allocations have been completely sold out in Australia for the first 18 months. The new Civic Type R's first-year allotment in Australia was completely sold out within 24 hours of the order books opening on December 1.
Honda Australia has not specified how many Civic Type Rs will arrive on local soil in the first year, but according to Drive, the number is about 600. If accurate, this is excellent news for the car company, especially given that it is estimated that only 1,200 to 1,300 examples of the previous-generation Civic Type R were sold in Australia during its nearly four-year model life.
Honda's K20C1 turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 315 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque between 2,600 and 4,000 rpm, is used in the most recent iteration.
The sixth-generation Civic Type R comes well-equipped and with more equipment as standard than the previous generation. These feature a 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless charging pad, bucket seats with red suede-effect upholstery, ambient lighting, an active exhaust valve, and various ADAS. They also have a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation.
In Australia, the driveaway cost of the Civic Type R is AU$ 72,600, which is around $12,000 more expensive than the FK8-generation car it replaces. The Honda is now competitively priced with the VW Golf R, which starts at AU$ 72,837.